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bite

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verb \ˈbīt\

Definition of bite

bit

play \ˈbit\;

bitten

play \ˈbi-tən\ also

bit

;

biting

play \ˈbī-tiŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound was bitten by a dogb :  to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis getting bitten by mosquitoes a snake bit his leg

  3. 2 :  to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon bit by his sword

  4. 3 :  to cause sharp pain or stinging discomfort to the sleet biting our faces

  5. 4 :  to take hold of help the pliers bite the part

  6. 5 archaic :  to take in :  cheat

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to bite or have the habit of biting something This cat bites.

  9. 2 of a weapon or tool :  to cut, pierce, or take hold bites down on the part The anchor bites into the ocean floor.

  10. 3 :  to cause irritation or smarting Her criticisms really bite.

  11. 4 :  corrode

  12. 5a of fish :  to take a bait The fish aren't biting today.b :  to respond so as to be caught (as by a trick)c :  to accept a suggestion or an offer offered them a deal but they wouldn't bite

  13. 6 :  to take or maintain a firm hold The anchor didn't bite well.

  14. 7 :  to produce a negative effect the recession began to bite

  15. 8 chiefly US slang, sometimes vulgar :  to be objectionable or extremely bad in quality :  stink, suck This song bites.

biter

play \ˈbī-tər\ noun

bite off more than one can chew

  1. :  to undertake more than one can handle

bite one's tongue

  1. :  to hold back (as from a reluctance to offend) a remark one would like to make

bite the bullet

  1. :  to enter with resignation upon a difficult or distressing course of action

bite the dust

  1. 1 :  to fall dead especially in battle

  2. 2a :  to suffer humiliation or defeatb :  to come to an end

bite the hand that feeds one

  1. :  to injure a benefactor maliciously

Examples of bite in a Sentence

  1. The hamster bit the child.

  2. She bit the cookie in half.

  3. Some people bite their nails when they feel nervous.

  4. A wild animal may bite if it is frightened.

  5. The patient had been bitten by a poisonous snake.

  6. The mosquitoes are biting tonight.

  7. Are the fish biting today?

Origin and Etymology of bite

Middle English, from Old English bītan; akin to Old High German bīzan to bite, Latin findere to split


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bite

noun

Definition of bite

  1. 1a :  the act of biting took a bite of the sandwich felt a bite at the end of the fishing lineb :  the manner of biting; especially, dentistry :  occlusion 1b wore braces to correct her bite

  2. 2 :  food: such asa :  the amount of food taken at a bite :  morsel couldn't eat another biteb :  a small amount of food :  snack have a bite to eat

  3. 3 archaic a :  cheat, trickb :  sharper

  4. 4 :  a wound made by biting The bite became infected.

  5. 5 :  the hold or grip by which friction (see friction 1b) is created or purchase (see 2purchase 3b(1)) is obtained

  6. 6 :  a surface that creates friction or is brought into contact with another for the purpose of obtaining a hold

  7. 7a :  a keen incisive quality a writing style that lacks bite a satirical biteb :  a sharp penetrating effect The soup has a peppery bite. the bite of the wind on our cheeks

  8. 8 etching :  a single exposure of an etcher's plate to the corrosive action of acid

  9. 9 :  an amount (as of money) taken usually in one operation for one purpose :  share a 15 percent bite for his manager

  10. 10 :  sound bite a 10-second news bite

Examples of bite in a Sentence

  1. He ate the candy bar in three quick bites.

  2. She gave her lip a gentle bite.

  3. The fisherman felt a bite at the end of his line and reeled in a fish.

  4. My teenage daughter wears a special device at night to correct her bite.

  5. Don't scratch that mosquito bite.

Origin and Etymology of bite

see 1bitter


First Known Use: 12th century


BITE Defined for English Language Learners

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bite

play
verb \ˈbīt\

Definition of bite for English Language Learners

  • of a person or animal : to press down on or cut into (someone or something) with the teeth

  • of an insect or snake : to wound (someone) by pushing a stinger, fang, etc., into the skin

  • : to grab and hold something without slipping

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bite

noun

Definition of bite for English Language Learners

  • : an act of biting

  • : the way the upper and lower teeth come together

  • : the amount of food eaten with a bite


BITE Defined for Kids

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bite

play
verb \ˈbīt\

Definition of bite for Students

bit

\ˈbit\;

bitten

\ˈbi-tən\;

biting

\ˈbī-tiŋ\
  1. 1 :  to seize, grip, or cut into with or as if with teeth bite an apple

  2. 2 :  to wound or sting usually with a stinger or fang A mosquito bit me.

  3. 3 :  to take a bait The fish are biting.


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bite

play
noun

Definition of bite for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of seizing or cutting into with the teeth three quick bites

  2. 2 :  a wound made by biting :  sting a mosquito bite

  3. 3 :  the amount of food taken at a bite I just had a bite of dessert.

  4. 4 :  a sharp or biting sensation The pepper has a bite.


Medical Dictionary

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bite

play
verb \ˈbīt\

Medical Definition of bite

bit

\ˈbit\play ;

bitten

\ˈbit-ən\play also

bit

;

biting

\ˈbīt-iŋ\play
  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound

  4. 2:  to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to bite or have the habit of biting something


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bite

noun

Medical Definition of bite

  1. 1:  the act or manner of biting; especially :  occlusion 2a

  2. 2:  a wound made by biting



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